Curriculum Overview

The current National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6 was introduced in September 2014. This new curriculum is broader in its scope and also more challenging. More complex concepts and learning is now being introduced to children earlier on in their learning than was the case with the previous curriculum.

At the centre of the curriculum are core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science.


Atkinson Road follows the DFE programs of study found here -


At Atkinson Road, we aim to offer a topic based approach to educating the children in our school. This means that our Topics are carefully planned with the children to ensure that we offer a stimulating, broad and balanced curriculum which still maintains a focus upon the development of key skills in English and Maths .We build in lots of hands on opportunities including ambitious trips and using outside   specialists to come into school e. g. authors, theatre groups, scientists etc. This means learning experiences are exciting, relevant, real and so more memorable.. Through this we develop high self-confidence and self-esteem  in all of our children. At times we need to directly teach key skills and concepts to ensure all our children are in a strong position to reach their full potential. So we carefully balance the need for some specialist teaching and thematic teaching that makes connections between subjects to ensures high academic achievement.